Bringing the simple joy of observing the universe is one of the core values of the NSAAC. To support this goal the NSAAC runs several programs to help generate interest and appreciation for Astronomy.
The Young Astronomer Program is an essay contest for students in grades 4 through 8. Students interested in winning a 6 inch Newtonian Reflecting telescope on a Dobsonian mount, or a pair of 10 X 50 astronomical quality binoculars, are nominated by their science teacher to enter the contest. Nominated students then submit an essay up to 150 words describing their interest in astronomy. Winning entries will also receive a one year family membership in NSAAC. Please see the entry form for more details.How to Participate